“I don’t know,” I stuttered, “Do you love me?”
His gaze was so intent the entire world seemed to stop. “You tell me. I never stop thinking about you. I worry about you all the time. Every beautiful thing I see reminds me of you. I can’t finish my practices in Colorado with out wishing you were around,” he said in a steady tone. “You tell me what I feel.”
Sweet Jesus. This book. This book was absolutely everything I’ve ever wanted in a romance and more. I devoured this story quicker than I’ve ever read a 600+ page book because wow. I truely feel like I connected with this story about NFL star Aiden ‘The Wall of Winnipeg’ Graves and his personal assistant, Vanessa ‘Van’ Mazur, who quits her job to then find him begging her to come back and do one last massive favour for him. The entire book slowly builds you up and keeps you hanging and just makes you feeeeeeel! I felt everything. The words. OH the words. Mariana Zapata is QUEEN of all the words. I could just curl up and read her books until the end of time.
“What no one tells you is that the road to accomplishing your goals isn’t a straight line; it looks more like a corn maze. You stopped, you went, you backed up, and took a few wrong turns along the way, but the important thing you had to remember was that there was an exit. Somewhere.”
From the very first chapter, I could just tell this was going to be a love story to stand the test of time. Because you could feel the hatred radiating off the pages (isn’t it always the way? lol). Aiden is cocky, arrogant and completely clueless when it comes to how to treat people. He doesn’t have many friends and he never does relationships. (Aside from his good looks, he’s literally the exact opposite to what a woman would see in a man).
“Because every relationship will end up one of two ways: you’ll end up breaking up, or you end up marrying the person. And I don’t like wasting my time.”
Told from Vanessa’s POV, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me sees Aidan and Vanessa try and figure out a way to live their day to day life without letting slip their big secret. The big favour he’s asked of her will land them both in jail if it gets out.
I can’t really say anymore about the storyline without giving it all away, and you really need to just live through it yourself but believe me when I tell you that the writing in this book- in ALL Mariana Zapata’s books- is just incredible. It’s hypnotising, really. She writes so effortlessly. I found myself comparing Mariana to the likes of Colleen Hoover. You know, that ‘she makes it look so damn easy’ type of author.
“When I was a kid, I learned the hard way how expensive the truth was. Sometimes it cost you people in your life. Sometimes it cost you things in your life. And in this life, most people were too cheap to pay the price for something as valuable as honesty.”
This is the second Mariana Zapata book I’ve read in the space of a week. And I’m about to jump right into my third (you can read my review of Kulti here), and it will not be my last. I love everything about this author’s stories. They’re real. They’re relatable. There’s no OTT drama, nothing to make me cringe. Just well-written, totally addictive love stories that hit you right in the feels (with the most gorgeous epilogues!). So excuse me while I finish up this review, share it with you and then lock myself up for another week while I live in another MZ fairytale. It’s been way too long between books already.
Just read them. You won’t regret it.
5 ‘Big Guy’ stars